BROWN COUNTY, Ind. -- A man was found not guilty by reason of insanity Wednesday in the February 2016 hatchet attack on an 18-year-old Brown County High School student.
61-year-old Dana Ericson of Nashville will remain in custody until his is committed to a state facility.
The victim was a foreign exchange student from China who is now in college.
She was in downtown Nashville taking pictures for a class project when police say Ericson attacked her with a hatchet.
Prosecutors called it an act of "ethnic cleansing."
According to the probable cause affidavit, Ericson told police he struck the student and said, "Is it a crime to strike evil?"
The document says that Ericson said he targeted her because she was Asian.
The probable cause affidavit goes on to say that Ericson admitted he is a white supremacist who said he, "hates these people."